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Friday, 17 April 2015

On First-Name Terms

20 real or fictional people
and their first names
(answers below):
1. C. Glidden (as in Sholes & Glidden)
2. S. Baldrick (Blackadder)
3. C. Kramer (Seinfeld)
4. R. C. Allen (as in R.C. Allen Business Machines)
5. F. Colombo (Colombo)
6. C. Cagney and M.B. Lacey (Cagney & Lacey)
7. Dr J. H. Watson (as in Sherlock Holmes)
8. Q. Magoo (Mr Magoo
9. J. J. Rambo (Rambo)
10. L.C. Smith (as in L.C. Smith typewriters)
11. Captain G. Mainwaring (Dad's Army)
12. W. of Ivanhoe (Ivanhoe, Walter Scott)
13. E. Remington (as in E. Remington & Sons)
14. S.D.C. Olivetti (as in Ing. C. Olivetti & C. S.p.A.)
15. Captain H. Drummond (Bulldog Drummond)
16. J. Maigret (Inspector Maigret)
17. O.J. Simpson
18. Commander J.A.T. Bond CMG, RNVR (born Essen, Germany, November 11, 1920)
19. Miss F. Lemon (Poirot's secretary, Agatha Christie)
20. J.T. Underwood (as in Underwood Typewriter Company)

Answers:
1. Carlos Glidden
2. Sodoff Baldrick
3. Cosmo Kramer
4. Ralph Clayton Allen
5. Frank Colombo
6. Christine Cagney and Mary Beth Lacey
7. John Hamish Watson
8. Quincy Magoo
9. John James Rambo
10. Lyman Cornelius Smith
11. George Mainwaring
12. Wilfred of Ivanhoe
13. Eliphalet Remington
14. Samuel David Camillo Olivetti
15. Hugh Drummond
16. Jules Maigret
17. Orenthal James Simpson
18. James Andrew Thomas Bond, 007
19. Felicity Lemon
20. John Thomas Underwood

Thursday, 16 April 2015

I Know What's in Richard Burton's Case, But What About Marlon Brando's Case?

Yesterday's mention of the Olivetti Lettera 32 case for the late Günter Grass reminded me of another couple of cases of famous people embarking or disembarking carrying their portable typewriter cases

In the case of Richard Burton, seen above disembarking from a private jet with Elizabeth Taylor at London's Heathrow Airport in September 1970, it's very obviously an Olivetti Valentine case. The image might be in black and white, but I can guarantee it's a Welsh red Valentine. On the side of the case is a Welsh dragon sticker.
But I'm much less certain of what Marlon Brando was carrying in his typewriter case when he set off for a vacation in the south of France in early August 1953.
Brando and his then regular lover, fellow actor William Redfield, had been thrown off the Ile De France in New York harbour because, for the fifth time, Brando had lost his passport. Brando was refused an emergency passport by the State Department. 
Somehow the passport turned up and Brando and Redfield hightailed it over to the airport and caught a flight.
 Well, some may say it's a Royal De Luxe. After all:
But this photo was taken in 1955. And it's a case of a different case.
In between, in 1954, Brando was back in France, this time in Bandol in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. And this time pursuing a woman, 19-year-old fisherman's daughter Josanne Mariana-Berenger. Here they are together in a hotel room, with Brando (yes, believe it or, that's a slim him) typing on a ... Royal DL.
One thing we do know for sure, Marlon had his iPad with him:
They got engaged, by the way, but never married. 
Of course, in Brando's case it may have been a case of having more than one typewriter. As in the case of Orson Welles, for example (but mostly an Underwood Noiseless):

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

The Case For Günter Grass (1927-2015)

Günter Wilhelm Grass (October 16,1927-April 13, 2015) was a German novelist, poet, playwright, illustrator, graphic artist, sculptor and recipient of the 1999 Nobel Prize in Literature. Grass died of a lung infection on Monday in Lübeck, aged 87.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Cool Typings

Albert Tangora leads the Royal typing class on a beach in California, 1938
Ed Sullivan, Atlantic City, 1936
Dictation, Germany, 1926
Olivetti ICO MP1
1937
William Faulkner, Hollywood, Underwood 4, 1943
Helen Hull, Corona 4, 1946
Royal
Elsa Maxwell, Venice, Olivetti Lettera 22, 1963
Royal
Olivetti
Stan Freberg, Olympia, 1962
Ian Fleming, Jamaica, Olympia SF
Armenian writer Vahe Katcha, 1966
Karl Hess on a houseboat on the Anacostia River, 1969
Rudi Carrell, Marbella, Remington, 1974
John Blunsden covers Italian Grand Prix, 1975
James Clavell, Smith-Corona, 1977
Pierre Rey, California, Smith-Corona, 1988
Clint Eastwood plays John Houston character, Zimbabwe, 1990
British writer Rosamunde Pilcher, Silver-Seiko
Thomas Gottschalk and Ankie Beilke, Kenya, 1985
Ottfried Fischer and Nina Proll
Al Neuharth, founder of USA Today, 2002
Fashion model, Marseilles, Hermes 2000, 2007
Helen Mirren in Hitchcock movie, Olympia
Hermes 3000
Olympia
Hermes Baby